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2014-08-30

That sinking feeling

Not a pleasant vista. Photo (c) J.C.
So, kids, keep those bilges clean, free of debris and attached to decent batteries! This was the scene about a week and a half ago at the marina where I keep the 33-footer. This is an older sort of small powerboat, arguably dirtier than mine but of a similar vintage, I would guess. It sank due to some sort of unknown bilge pump failure, but why water was coming in in the first place remains unknown.

Actual salvors doing actual salving. Not seen often around these parts.

Also a mystery is how this boat could be refloated, pumped out and then...not immediately sink again. Seen here is the handy work platform from which the guys brought in to fix the "sunken, fuel-dribbling power boat hanging off the dock" situation.
That's gasoline dispersant in the water, and an absorbant boom to contain (partially, at least) the fuel spillage.

I think for these salvors it was a nice and easy day to resurrect a boat sunk in a marina, as opposed to a freighter run aground in a storm or anything during the winter. I enjoyed their casual way with tossing live AC power cords hither and yon. 

Rises again, only to be hauled away.
The owner was surrounded by a cloud of unknowing: he had no clue as to why his boat sank, or, indeed, why it was floating again. But to judge from the slightly gritted teeth I encountered at the marina office, plus the very tatty look of the boat, I suspect Mr. Grew will be trailering his powerboat from now on, as he has Left the Marina. Just another day on the water. Keep those hose clamps tight, kids.






2 comments:

SH3 said...

A loud bilge alarm on the bilgepump float might have aroused notice of passers by on the dock. 'Course, that won't work if the battery is flat or the float switch is fouled by bilge crud.

Rhys said...

Exactly. People liveaboard at my dock (they run a harbour taxi service and could be expected to notice problems) and they said the boat was fine at 7 AM, but was nearly awash by 10 AM and down by 10:30 AM. So whatever happened, happened quickly. State of batteries or bilge crud isn't known by me. I do know the boat wasn't on shore power.